Canada Day evokes colourful reactions from press gallery reporter

Two years ago, The Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt had the Canada Day blues…

They’re painting the town blue for Canada Day in the nation’s capital this year.

Though the red and white of Canada’s flag is usually the dominant colour scheme for the big party in Ottawa on July 1, blue seems to be all the rage this year – a good, solid Conservative blue, to match the government in power.

Workers have been erecting the main stage for festivities this week on Parliament Hill. By yesterday, it was evident the favoured hue seems to have definitely shifted from red – which also happens to be the colour of the Liberal party, the Conservatives’ arch-rivals.

This wouldn’t be the first time, however, that this symbol-conscious government has eschewed red for blue.

The government’s official website, www.gc.ca, has increasingly leaned toward blue tints ever since the Conservatives came to power almost a year and a half ago.

For this year’s Canada Day, Delacourt was seeing red,

Early into his first term as Prime Minister, Stephen Harper mused aloud about how he wished Canadian reporters would stand when he entered the room. I believe the collective reply to this musing had something to do with weather forecasts and the temperature in hell.

But yesterday, on Canada Day, Global TV news showed us how Harper managed to get the military to give him a salute that’s normally reserved for the Governor-General. As Heritage Minister James Moore explains in the video, this was something that the Prime Minister apparently wanted.

So if you do run across our Tim Horton’s, hockey-dad, regular-guy PM this summer on the barbecue circuit, give him a little salute. Or stand up, or something. He really seems to appreciate deference.

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  • Liz

    The media shouldn’t be voicing opinions at all (with the exception of columnists who clearly identify themselves as such).

    If it turns out that the Prime Minister received the wrong salute, the situation should be rectified so as not to be repeated in the future. If not, Global must run a prominent retraction.

    Deal with it.

  • Liz

    The media shouldn’t be voicing opinions at all (with the exception of columnists who clearly identify themselves as such).

    If it turns out that the Prime Minister received the wrong salute, the situation should be rectified so as not to be repeated in the future. If not, Global must run a prominent retraction.

    Deal with it.

  • terry1

    Mr Ed. thanks for the compliment and thanks for signing on to follow my posts. That sure makes me think how useless they must be(LOL).

    I don't need to be inventive with this crowd since I'm able to provoke them with ease.

    I do like the fact that Stephen does permit lively dissent on his very reformatory beliefs (unlike his leader the generalissimo Harpo). I know I'm not going to recruit any partisans here but its good for them to hear there are other real facts of politicsal life out there.

  • terry1

    Liz J hysterical… so the polls that roll out consistently showing him to be very unpopular are all wrong. I'm glad you corrected that false impression.

    The PM deserves respect when he himself is respectful of the people he serves. This generalissimo does everything in his power to control the flow of information to the public that one must suspect his motives. His concentration of power is ovewhelming and very suspect in its nature and that is reflective in the polls.

    As for the need of security as his or your excuse, I say BS. He literally controls every press conference and knows every question that is coming at him. He is that contrived.

    He still absolutely believes bully politics is the right way to go. That's your man.

  • terry1

    Gabby your posting methods are also very predictable………you ask a question of a question and never really respond.

  • NovaDog

    The reason the GG decided to prorogue parliament was to stop an illegal take-over of the government; that was instigated by the power hungry opposition parties, which gave the separatists a uncontested Vito.

    We should give thanks to our forefathers for installing this prorogue clause.

  • NovaDog

    The reason the GG decided to prorogue parliament was to stop an illegal take-over of the government; that was instigated by the power hungry opposition parties, which gave the separatists a uncontested Vito.

    We should give thanks to our forefathers for installing this prorogue clause.

  • Gabby in QC

    “you ask a question of a question and never really respond.”
    Don't you think I would respond if what you wrote made any sense?

    What's the matter, Terry1?
    Don't you think Ted can answer for himself?
    Do you honestly think he relies on you to respond in his place, with your coarse cracks and feeble flits of humour used under the guise of contention?
    Is that how Liberals present a persuasive proof of their arguments?
    Does that come from the Kinsella handbook of hectoring?

    Furthermore, must you continuously “borrow” from others?
    Don't you have any original thoughts of your own?
    Isn't Kinsella's reformatories, Harpercrite, and angry Tory a little worn by now?
    Do you now have to imitate me by saying I'm predictable?

    Do all these questions actually require answers?
    Or are they merely rhetorical questions?
    You do know what a rhetorical question is, don't you?

    Do you think I'm waiting with bated breath to see your answers?

  • Tony

    Delacourt is one of many examples of Canada’s lack of journalism talent. They’re all too distracted by the desire to be clever and anti-government.

    Harper is the PM, period. I was no fan of Paul Martin but I met him once and you bet I gave him respect, he was the PM at the time and that meant something to me.

  • Tony

    Delacourt is one of many examples of Canada’s lack of journalism talent. They’re all too distracted by the desire to be clever and anti-government.

    Harper is the PM, period. I was no fan of Paul Martin but I met him once and you bet I gave him respect, he was the PM at the time and that meant something to me.

  • Liz J

    Can't expect anything in the line of independent thought from Kinsella's sock puppets.

  • terry1

    Why not use the words of experts and others with valued opinions? That's part of the democratic process your party does not believe in. You think all thoughts and words must come from the PMO. I like differing opinions.

    If you're waiting with bated breath I hope you have brushed your teeth…LOL

  • terry1

    Liz J hysterical, please show us something profound and original you have written here.

  • terry1

    the other names for Harpercrite do need changing which is why I've started Generalissimo Harpo. I think that's suitable for the “salute me” man

  • Omanator

    When will someone have the sense to block Terry1. He does not add to the discussion and most of the time he has only personal attacks. I would like to see some intellegent comments not his constant drivel.

  • Omanator

    When does the media ever make a correction when they are caught in the wrong. I sometimes wonder where these people were educated. Obviously nothing to be proud off.

  • Omanator

    Oh ,God ,another windbag.

  • terry1

    before I answered this I looked at youtr posting history….guess what? No signs of life there.

  • terry1

    As I have been saying and repeating Tory times are tough times:

    http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Raise+taxes+s

    OTTAWA — The independent Parliamentary Budget Office says the federal government is now running a permanent deficit that can only be eliminated by raising taxes or cutting spending.

    That contradicts the view of the federal government, which believes the deficit will naturally disappear once the economy improves.

    In his latest fiscal projections, to be officially released Wednesday but parts of which were obtained by Canwest News Service, budget officer Kevin Page says the deficit will be nearly $156 billion over the next five years, much deeper than the $103.2 billion cumulative deficit that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's department has predicted.

    “If Preston Manning had a grave, he'd be rolling in it right now. Are there no fiscal conservatives left in the Conservative Party? It's quite remarkable,” said Liberal MP John McKay, a member of the House of Commons finance committee and one of his party's most fiscally conservative members.

    “I'm a little distressed that we're going this high this quickly and I'm a little distressed that we appear to be in far greater financial difficulties than previously thought or previously communicated by Mr. Flaherty,” McKay added.

    Flaherty, though, predicted last month that the deficit this year will be just over $50 billion. Page comes up with a lower deficit figure for this year — $48.6 billion, according to Thomson Reuters — although Page's deficits for each fiscal year between now and 2014 are larger than Flaherty's”

    THE TORIES KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ECONOMICS AND EVEN LESS ABOUT ETHICS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE.

    TORY TIMES ARE TOUGH TIMES

  • Mya

    Of course Global found some crazy loon, for the interview to say he didn't agree with it. Like your everyday Canadian would have even noticed. Of course they couldn't or chose not to air any interviews of those who didn't care or didn't notice.

  • Terryone

    I am happy we finally have a gov't that governs by principle. It is very obvious the only reasons for the Liberals rescent games of Election chicken were solely based on their need to get them back into power. The liberals are so power hungry that they judgement is clouded. I have been turned off of the Federal Liberals for years now, infact I have been ashamed to tell people I have voted for them.

    I would point out that flip flopping Iggy hasn't clarified his posistion on Tax cuts, or the Oil Sands, or Abortion for that matter, he also hasn't clarified his position on torture, while he was in the States as he wrote enthusiasticly in supoprt of it.. In fact the only party platform that has been purposed is the plan to get back into power where they can grease their friends bank accounts.

    Also as Liberals we need to worry about the negative image we have south of the border. I seem to remeber a few years back at the height of Liberal ANti-Americanism coments such as “God Damn Americans” in fact there are too many to list.

  • Terry me a new one

    What a classless stunt the liberals and Iggy pulled at teh Stampede…CHARGING FOR A
    PANCAKE BREAKFEAST. A fundraieer!!! I hope the money is going to charity! No its not, straight into the libs bank accounts. Shameless. Even the Salvation Army takes a break from fundraising.

    Classless Clown

  • Terry u a new one

    Tory times are tough times FOR CROOKED LIBERALS!

    How much more would we be in debt if the libs were controling the purse strings? Tens of Billions more.

  • terry1

    Classless clown is you…………..tha was always advertised as A FUND RAISER. Political parties have no other choice and I'm sure Generalissimo Harpo was doing the seame thing. Maybe your ignorance is overwhelming you.

  • terry1

    Classless clown is you…………..tha was always advertised as A FUND RAISER. Political parties have no other choice and I'm sure Generalissimo Harpo was doing the seame thing. Maybe your ignorance is overwhelming you.